ONE OF THE ROCKLAND EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS BEING PUT TO USE HELPING PROTECT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC!
An amazing story of the incredible work one Rockland High School student is doing with a 3D printer that was purchased with an REF technology grant awarded to the RHS. It lifts us up to see the work we do with the Rockland Public Schools reaching many and doing so much good especially in a time like this.
With the permission of RHS principal Dr. John Harrison, high school senior Joe Messier is using this 3D printer at home to create protective face masks! Joe’s mother, Cheryl tells us he has been in the Robotics club at RHS all through high school and is an avid fan of the 3D printer. He has his own, but Cheryl says the quality is not that of the high school’s.
According to Joe, “Each mask takes 2 hours and 41 minutes to print. After that we mold the masks to form by placing them in boiling water. The entire process takes about 4 hours per mask, or 3 or 4 masks a day and up to 21 a week.” The Messier’s are donating the straps for the masks and Joe will continue to make the masks until the filament runs out.
Some of the masks will be sent to hospice to thank and acknowledge the care that Cheryl’s late mother recieved. The remainder will be delivered to South Shore Hospital. Way to go Joe!! Keep up the good work!!! You’re an inspiration to us all!
Joe Messier will be attending New England Institute of Technology in the fall to study Robotics Engineering. His mom told us, “He is very grateful for the grant that brought this to the school. It has encouraged him to work on projects he has designed.”